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Kushner told coworker Trump knew birtherism was a lie but ‘Republicans are stupid and they’ll buy it’

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In an explosive interview, former New York Observer Editor-in-Chief Elizabeth Spiers said that President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and White House senior advisor Jared Kushner told her that Trump never believed the “birther” conspiracy theory, but found it effective because “Republicans are stupid and they’ll buy it.”

Spiers was appearing on MSNBC’s “The Point with Ari Melber” Sunday to discuss Kushner’s role in the White House and the increasing scrutiny he is facing over his ties to Russian officials and bankers.

Kushner, Spiers said, was never particularly interested in journalism or its principles, but bought the New York Observer because it was a respected news organ and “he was drawn to the brand.”

Other Observer coworkers have called Kushner a “sh*thead” and a know-nothing who “has bought his way into everything ever (with money he got from his criminal father)” and who is “deeply insecure and obsessed with fame.”

Melber asked Spiers on Sunday about Kushner and his famous father-in-law’s embrace of “birtherism” — the conspiracy theory that former President Barack Obama was born in Kenya and was not a U.S. citizen and to confirm something she revealed in her writing.

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“I told jared I was particularly appalled by his father-in-law’s birtherism stance,” Melber read from Spiers’ essay. “He rolled his eyes and said, ‘He doesn’t really believe it, Elizabeth. He just knows republicans are stupid and they’ll buy it.'”

“He really said that to you?” Melber asked.

“Yeah,” Spiers said.

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Ted Cruz defends Trump by comparing him to Twitter trolls who tell him to go back to Canada

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Tuesday issued an unusual defense of President Donald Trump's racist remarks against four Democratic congresswomen by comparing the president to an internet troll.

According to Politico reporter Burgess Everett, Cruz deflected criticism of Trump's racist tweets against Reps. Rashiba Tlaib (D-MI), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) by arguing that "lefties on Twitter every day" tell him to "go back" to Canada, where he was born in 1970.

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Senators press Facebook on ‘trust’ in hearing on digital currency

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US senators Tuesday questioned whether Facebook can be trusted with a massive financial responsibility at the first public hearing on its plan for a global digital currency called Libra.

The lawmakers added to criticism of the plan unveiled by Facebook last month with two dozen partners on the digital coin, touted as a way to lower costs and facilitate cross-border money transfers.

David Marcus, Facebook's executive heading the digital coin effort, defended the plan during more than two hours at a Senate Banking Committee hearing on Libra, pledging to comply with all regulations to thwart money laundering and criminal activity.

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Mitch McConnell: AOC started Trump’s racist tweets by calling detention centers ‘concentration camps’

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on Tuesday refused to condemn the President of the United States for sending racist tweets in which he told four non-white congresswomen to "go back" to their countries of origin.

McConnell spoke on the matter at a press conference, but he did not explicitly rebuke President Donald Trump.

"There's been a lot of discussion about the events of the last couple days, I'd like to address it myself," McConnell volunteered. "I think there's been a consensus that political rhetoric has really gotten way way overheated all across the political spectrum."

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